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How to choose the best vaping device

How to Choose the Right Vape for You?

If you’re considering getting into vaping and are close to buying your first vape, this guide is for you. While buying your first vape can be intimidating, it does not have to be if you do adequate research and understand what you’re buying. 

 In this guide, we’ll go over what you should consider before purchasing a vape and the five most important categories of vapes, and who they are for; in the end, we hope you’ll have a better idea of the vape best suited for you and your lifestyle. 

Consider these things before buying

Before getting down to the nitty-gritty, there are some things you have to consider:

  • Are you a recent smoker trying to quit? This question is important because if you are a recent smoker, you'll be looking for something that allows you to vape with high nicotine strengths to better calm your cravings.
  • Do you want to vape discreetly in public or freely at home?: Another important question, if you're looking to vape discreetly and stealthily, you might want a vape that does not create too many clouds or has a lower cloud production. On the other hand, if you're going to make plumes of smoke, you'll need something with high cloud output. 
  • How much money are you looking to spend?: When buying anything, a budget always comes to mind. While you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a new vape, we do recommend you buy a high-quality product that will last a long time, and that comes from a reputable manufacturer. 
  • Do you want a device with high upkeep?: There are many devices on the market, and some require high upkeep and maintenance; knowing if you wish to spend time tinkering with your vape or merely using it without spending hours taking care of it is something you should keep in mind. 

The types of devices available

Here are the five most popular categories of e-cigarettes or vapes and who they are for:

1. Cig-a-likes: The entry models of vaping. Cig-a-likes were the first vapes ever created and, as such, lack many of the latest technology. Sold in gas stations and convenience stores, most of them are draw-activated, which means you inhale to activate them. Some are rechargeable, and others are disposable. They are the cheapest out of all the vapes available but are a great introduction to the world of vaping. 

Who they are for: Cig-a-likes are for people who want to try out and see what vaping is all about. If you plan on switching to vaping full-time, we suggest you spend a bit more and go with a pod system or vape pen.

2. Disposables: The next step up from cig-a-likes. The latest disposables come with nicotine salts that are high in nicotine strengths. They come in a variety of flavors. They are also draw-activated, and once you use them, you toss them out. They are small and fit in the palm of your hand. Great for stealth vaping. 

Who they are for: Disposables that come with nicotine salts are for new vapers who used to be heavy smokers. Since nicotine salts come in high nicotine strengths, they are great for satisfying cravings. They are also excellent for vapers on-the-go who don’t want the hassle of carrying around a sizable vaping device.  

3. Pod Mods: The latest generation of vapes. They are small, compact, light, and give off higher nicotine delivery with a smaller battery. The most famous of these is the JUUL vape. They come with USB chargers and a couple of flavors for you to try out. There is no need to manually fill them with e-juice; they use flavor pods that snap in and out of the device for maximum convenience.

Who they are for: Pod systems are also recommended for heavy ex-smokers who want to get into vaping. Like disposables, they use nicotine salts, so they are better at satisfying nicotine cravings. They have no extra parts and little upkeep. All you have to do is charge them and change the flavor pods. Perfect for people who want to vape without the inconvenience of maintenance. 

4. Box Mods: Bulkier and boxy, they house a bigger battery. Not very discreet since they release large clouds but perfect for at-home use. More on the expensive side. Have the highest upkeep out of all the devices. Have more moving parts that you have to buy and replace.

Who they are for: They are for vaping veterans and for people who want to become vaping hobbyists. Box mods come with digital displays and several extra features that persons who wish to vape don’t need, only for people who want to control their temperature, wattage, and voltage, a.k.a. vaping hobbyists.

5. Mechanical Mods: The same thing as box mods but also have room for two batteries, and more importantly, releasing more power for more massive clouds. These look more simple but are usually custom-made and required knowledge of circuitry and Ohm’s law.

Who they are for: Although they look relatively simple to use, having just one firing button, they require advanced knowledge of coil resistance, electrical currents, and Ohm’s law. Mech mods are not for beginner vapers, only for advanced vapers that know how to build coils. 

6. Vape Pens: A happy medium between box mods and pod mods. Usually, they come with rechargeable batteries and have refillable chambers to try out premium e-liquids. Vape pens are big as pens or pencils, hence the name. They are relatively expensive, and a bit of maintenance is needed.  

Who they are for: Vape pens are for beginner vapers wanting to have more control over how they vape. Vape pens will allow you to try out a great variety of e-juices, but you’ll have to fill them physically and clean your tank as well. Some might even come with temperature control—the middle of the road answer between vaping hobbyists and regular vapers. 


Finally, the most important thing to remember when deciding to choose a vape is to do as much research as possible. While we are not telling you to spend months on end reading blogs and online guides, informing yourself first before buying your first vape will ensure you’ll have the best possible vaping experience.


DISCLAIMER: EjuiceDB articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them. Furthermore, Vaping products and nicotine use are only meant for persons over the age of 21.

Children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, persons with risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or that take medications especially for depression or asthma should not use nicotine or vaping products. Always consult a licensed physician prior to use.

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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.